California-based Sullivan Solar Power has completed six solar carport projects totaling 1.27 MW AC for the Encinitas Union School District, which is expected to save more than $21 million over the lifetime of the systems.
“We are proud to help Encinitas Unified School District declare energy independence, allowing the district to reinvest solar savings in their students, supporting a brighter future for our next generation,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “This is our largest solar project in our 12 years in business, which showcases the district’s leadership and commitment to reduce fossil fuel consumption.”
The Encinitas Union School District is located in north coastal San Diego County, Calif., and serves the communities of Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain and the Rancho La Costa area of south Carlsbad. The entire school district has now gone solar, with Park Dale Lane, Capri, Ocean Knoll, La Costa Heights, El Camino Creek and Flora Vista Elementary Schools the latest schools now powered by solar energy.
“While we expect to see financial savings, the installation of these solar panels allows us to do much more than merely save money on electricity,” said Dr. Timothy Baird, Encinitas Union School District superintendent. “We see this as an opportunity to lead by example with finding tangible ways to give our students a brighter future.”
Following a competitive selection process, Sullivan Solar Power was chosen to lead the design and installation of the solar projects for these schools. The solar systems consist of SunPower solar panels and SMA America inverters, and these projects were overseen by Balfour Beatty, a general contractor and green builder that has partnered with Encinitas Union School District on several other sustainability projects.